MIRA MESA, Calif.—

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Scripps Health hired Lei Dong as chief med­i­cal physi­cist for a pro­ton ther­apy cen­ter un­der con­struc­tion and on track to be­gin treat­ing pa­tients in spring 2013. Dong most re­cently was deputy chair of the depart­ment of ra­di­a­tion physics at MD An­der­son Can­cer Cen­ter, Hous­ton. Scripps Clinic Med­i­cal Group, mean­while, re­cently named Dr. Carl Rossi Jr. as the med­i­cal di­rec­tor for Scripps Pro­ton Ther­apy Cen­ter. For the past nine years, Rossi has been the fa­cil­ity di­rec­tor of Loma Linda Univer­sity Ra­di­a­tion Medicine in Ridge­crest, Calif. The Scripps Health-af­fil­i­ated prac­tice will over­see med­i­cal ser­vices at the cen­ter, while the sys­tem will pro­vide clin­i­cal man­age­ment ser­vices. The $220 mil­lion project is be­ing de­vel­oped by Ad­vanced Par­ti­cle Ther­apy, which se­cured fi­nanc­ing for the con­struc­tion, equip­ment and seven-acre site in Mira Mesa, sev­eral miles from the sys­tem’s Scripps Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal in La Jolla. Con­struc­tion on the 102,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity started in Oc­to­ber 2010, and in Oc­to­ber of this year, work­ers in­stalled a 90ton cy­clotron, the equip­ment that ac­cel­er­ates pro­tons to cre­ate the beam that tar­gets hard-to-reach tu­mors. Scripps Health ex­pects the cen­ter to treat about 2,400 pa­tients a year from through­out the West. The sys­tem also wants to form part­ner­ships with other providers in the re­gion in­ter­ested in pro­vid­ing pro­ton ther­apy and in Novem­ber an­nounced one with 318-bed Rady Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal-san Diego.

The 90-ton cy­clotron is the driv­ing force be­hind the Scripps Pro­ton Ther­apy Cen­ter in Mira Mesa, Calif.

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